# General solution to the Time-independent Schrödinger equation?

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greswd
Has anyone formulated a general solution to the time-independent Schrödinger equation in terms of the potential function V(r), and if so, what is it?

For any type of V(r).

So, instead of a differential equation, a direct relationship between the wavefunction and the potential.

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Yes, I tried that first, but I couldn't find anything for, as mentioned, a general solution in terms of V(r).

And by general solution for V(r) I mean any type of V(r).

So I'm hoping some well-read physics experts here might know of it.

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From the variety of approaches for different kinds of potential functions I estimate a zero probability for a (usable) general solution.
Would be something like a free lunch some well-read physics experts
The more I think about it, the less I feel qualified greswd
From the variety of approaches for different kinds of potential functions I estimate a zero probability for a (usable) general solution.
Would be something like a free lunch The more I think about it, the less I feel qualified A non-closed form solution would be really good too, hopefully there's one

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From what I've seen it's the other way around: suppose we have a ##\psi## that satisfies the TISE, what are its specific properties

greswd
From what I've seen it's the other way around: suppose we have a ##\psi## that satisfies the TISE, what are its specific properties
I believe the TISE generally produces families of discrete solutions, so a general solution would be in terms of both V(r) and parameters like quantum numbers, with the number of quantum numbers depending on the shape of V(r).

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